The five languages of apology : how to experience healing in all your relationships by Chapman Gary D. 1938-;Thomas Jennifer 1969- & Thomas Jennifer 1969-

The five languages of apology : how to experience healing in all your relationships by Chapman Gary D. 1938-;Thomas Jennifer 1969- & Thomas Jennifer 1969-

Author:Chapman, Gary D., 1938-;Thomas, Jennifer, 1969- & Thomas, Jennifer, 1969-
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Advice on careers & achieving success, Christian Life - Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Christian Life - General, Religion, Religion - Relationships, Apologizing
Publisher: Chicago : Northfield Pub.
Published: 2006-08-05T16:00:00+00:00


A Divine Model

Again, this cycle is clearly seen in God's relationship with people.The prophet Isaiah delivered this message to ancient Israel. "Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." 5 We are never separated from God's love, but our disobedience does separate us from His fellowship. The New Testament reminds us that "the wages of sin is death." 6 Death is the ultimate picture of separation. Of course, this is not what God desires for His creatures. Therefore, the writer quickly adds that "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." 7 God desires fellowship with His creatures; that is what the cross of Christ is all about. God offers His forgiveness freely.

In order to experience God's forgiveness, people must respond by repentance (a turning around) and faith in Christ. 8 The message is clear. If we would receive God's forgiveness, we must acknowledge our sin and accept His forgiveness. John the apostle writes, "If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins." 9 Thus, in order for our fellowship with God to be restored, we must acknowledge our sin—that is, apologize. The moment we do this, we experience the warm embrace of our heavenly Father. The distance is gone. We are again walking in fellowship with God.

I have taken time to review God's forgiveness toward us because the Scriptures say that we as humans are to forgive each other as God forgives us. 10 That's the divine model, and it is a wise and prudent model for making an apology in today's world. It has two essential elements: (1) confession and repentance on the part of the offender, and (2) forgiveness on the part of the one sinned against.

In the Scriptures, these two are never separated. Therefore, on the human level, the apology is a critical element in the cycle of forgiveness. That is why we have spent the first half of this book talking about how to apologize effectively. However, once the apology is made, the offended person then has a choice: to forgive or not to for-

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